engl 6480/7480: technology & writing



aug 29

For discussion: syllabus, policies, assignments.

sep 5

Class canceled for Labor Day holiday, which may be appropriately observed by reading the Frankfurt School theorists!

critical theory | pre-digital era

sep 12

Read: Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"(also available here and here) and Horkheimer & Adorno's "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" (also available here and here).
For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, September 12.

Recommended readings: Albert Borgmann's "The moral significance of the material culture," Ryan Moeller's "Retailing culture through consumer electronics," and Richard Ohmann's "Literacy, technology, and monopoly capital."

sep 19

Read: Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, September 19.

Recommended readings: Gail Hawisher & Cynthia Selfe's "The rhetoric of technology and the electronic writing class," Joseph Janangelo's "Technopower and technoppression: Some abuses of power and control in computer-assisted writing environments," and Charles Moran's "From a high-tech to a low-tech writing classroom"

sep 26

Read: the following chapters in Delueze & Guattari's a thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia:

For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, September 26.

oct 3

Read: the following chapters in Delueze & Guattari's a thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia:

For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, October 3.

Recommended readings: Michelle Ballif's "Writing the third-sophistic cyborg: Periphrasis on an [in]tense rhetoric," Jennifer Bay's "Screening (in)formation: Bodies and writing in network culture," and Johndan Johnson-Eilola's "Control and the cyborg: Writing and being written in hypertext"

oct 10

Class canceled for D&G recovery.

communication and struggle | digital era

oct 17

Read: Dyer-Witheford's Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High-Technology Capitalism
For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, October 17.

Recommended readings: DePew, Fishman, Romberger, and Fahey Ruetenik's "Designing efficiencies: The parallel narratives of distance education and composition studies;" Kevin Moberly's "More than definitions, descriptions and differences: The labor of reading and writing media;" and Michael Salvo's "Critical Engagement with Technology in the Computer Classroom."

oct 24

Read: Bolter & Grusin's Remediation: Understanding New Media
For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, October 24.

Recommended readings: Ball's "Show, not tell: The value of new media scholarship," Bolter's "Theory and Practice in New Media Studies," and DeVoss, Cushman, & Grabill's "Infrastructure and Composing: The When of New-Media Writing."

oct 31

Read: McAllister's Game Work: Language, Power, and Computer Game Culture
For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, October 31.

Recommended readings: deWinter, Griffin, McAllister, Moeller, & Ruggill's "Computer Games Across the Curriculum: A Critical Review of an Emerging Techno-Pedagogy," Dyer-Witheford & De Peuter's Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games, and Moberly's "Composition, Computer Games, and the Absence of Writing."

locating agency | digital ecologies

nov 7

Read: Spinuzzi, Hart-Davidson, & Zachry's "Chains and Ecologies: Methodological Notes toward a Communicative-Mediational Model of Technologically Mediated Writing," Christensen, Cootey, & Moeller's "Playing in Genre Fields: A Play Theory Perspective on Genre," and Moeller & Christensen's "System Mapping: A Genre Field Analysis of the National Science Foundation’s Grant Proposal and Funding Process."
For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, November 7.

Recommended readings: Bazerman's “Speech Acts, Genres, and Activity Systems: How Texts Organize Activity and People," Miller's "Genre as social action," and Yates & Orlikowski's "Genre systems: Structuring interaction through communicative norms."

nov 14

Read: Spinuzzi's Network: Theorizing Knowledge Work in Telecommunications
For discussion: twitter feed; post <500 word response to your blog by 8:00am, November 14.

Recommended readings: Latour's Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, Nardi's "Studying Context: A Comparison of Activity Theory, Situated Action Models, and Distributed Cognition," and Star's "The Politics of Formal Representations: Wizards, Gurus, and Organizational Complexity."

professional development

nov 21

For class: post 300-word abstract proposal (with title) of your final presentation and paper to your blog.
For discussion: academic conferences and symposia, publication, peer review; workshop abstract proposals.

Here are some sample abstracts of mine that might give you some ideas for writing your own: Computers & Writing 2005, CCCC 2008, and ATTW 2012.

nov 28

For discussion: workshop seminar presentations.
For class: post drafts of final presentation to Blackboard site by 8:00am, November 28.

dec 5

Seminar presentations delivered; schedule TBA.

dec 12

Seminar papers due.